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Friday, April 27, 2012

April 2012 Blog Hop With Blogaholic Social Network

Here's the April Blog Hop from Blogaholic Social Network. On from the 24th of April till the 01st of May 2012, this fun Blog Hop at BSN is a wonderful way to meet new and interesting bloggers and make more friends on the way.

If you want to participate in the same, here's what you need to do:
1. Follow my blog (by joining the member list on the side panel)
2. Leave a comment in the post here. Please mention your website link so that I can visit and follow you back.
3. Check out the BSN April Shower Blog Hop page by clicking here
4. Grab the BSN Blog Hop code and paste it on your post in your blog to let others know that you're participating.
This month link up to any post!

Once you add your blog, stop by a few other blogs on the list to follow and leave a comment, let them know you are stopping by from BSN so they know you are a new friend and can connect with you on the community as well!

Feel free to:
  • Share this blog hop on Twitter
  • Post about this blog hop on Facebook
  • Place the link up on your own blog! Just grab the code for your blog (the code is located below the linky list) a great way to fill up a post for a day! If you add it to your blog please copy the full post so others know the rules.

 


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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, April 23, 2012

Kolkata Hand-Drawn Rickshaws: An Inhuman Reality Even Today


Much has been said and written about the hand-driven rickshaws in Kolkata and the plight of these men who continue to pull these rickshaws. And even after 07 years have passed since the-then CM of West Bengal Buddadev Bhattacharjee promised to take the hand-drawn rickshaws off the road and replace them with better alternatives, nothing has been done. The hand-pulled rickshaw is still a regular practice today.

Read the entire article here

And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Vaseline Men Face-Off Challenge: Your Chance To Win A Galaxy Tab

Vaseline Men presents 'The Vaseline Men Face-Off Challenge' - a photo contest hosted on the Vaseline FaceBook Page, where men stand a golden opportunity to challenge Shahid Kapoor by uploading their pictures on the Vaseline FaceBook Fan Page

It's simple and fun. Shahid has 03 different poses ready for you. If you think you have what it takes in you, get yourself clicked in the same pose and challenge Shahid by uploading your pictures on the Vaseline Fan Page. The picture that generates the maximum 'Likes' will be declared winner and also presented with a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

To read and particpate, click here

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tips For Brides-To-Be Before The Big Day by Make-Up Artist Ayesha Wadiwala


All you lovely ladies out there.....waiting in anticipation for that BIG day? Well, as you get busy with all the planning, the shopping and the goosebumps (I'm sure there will be at least a few each time you talk about the entire Project with your friends and family!!) why not work on a few tips to get that amazing look on your most special day. Of course your mum must have put you on a beauty regimen already, or your friends may have been loading you with tips, but why not get some professional advice from our lovely Make-Up Artist Ayesha Wadiwala (the name behind making many Bollywood faces look even more gorgeous) on how to make that Big Day extra special and beautiful...Read here what Ayesha has to say:

 Ayesha doing the makeup for Pooja Missra for a PETA Ad


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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Lyrics and Audio for Hallelujah by Kate Voegele

An amazing rendition that I have only recently heard myself courtesy a friend..Listen to the song here and sing along with the lyrics..

'Well I've heard there was a sacred chord
David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do ya ?

Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth,
the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Oh baby I have been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
You know I used to live alone before I knew you
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well there was a time when you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show that to me do you
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well maybe there is a God above
But all I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
And it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah'
 
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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Mumbai Gujarat Earthquake 2012: 4.5 Quake Shakes Western India

Here it is again guys...what we've been experiencing for the past few days all over the world ! Mother Nature hitting back with a vengeance as she definitely has had enough.

14th April 2012 a lazy Saturday morning Mumbai woke up to sudden shocks even as many were getting out of beds after nursing a Friday night hangover, after sleeping in late over the weekend.

I was sitting on the couch working when suddenly I felt myself shaking. There was a vibration on the floor and I could feel the couch stirring continuously. I turned to see if by chance my daughter was jumping around on the couch...she was happily busy with her paintings on the floor !

For an instant I thought it was nothing...that I was just imaging things...

Then I looked up to see the fan swaying...it was switched off and moving !

I looked at the bottle on the table....the water was moving....

This was scary....I have only experienced an earthquake once before ... that was a long long time back in Delhi, and I remember that too was a morning thing and I was still in bed when the quake had woken me up and I had rushed out of the house with my family, where already many others were standing in panic... This time too, I was wondering whether or not to rush out of my 23rd-floor apartment with my little daughter when the tremors stopped..

Here's what the news reported much after I actually felt it.

Stay safe guys....we've already done much damage to Mother Earth...of course she is getting aggressive now, but let's take care and start being a little more considerate and understanding towards Nature....its time we begin if we don't want the end too near....

-Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Other 'She'



The carton was bursting and overflowing,
It was the annual sale you see,
With toys and books and clothes and stuff
And everything her eager eyes could see.

I gave her a hug, she gave me a smile,
I knew she was ready to go,
She wanted to be home and open the box
‘Whats in there mamma?’ she wanted to know.

I’d given her the frock the other day,
The one that was in her cupboard for so long,
And also her old favourite toy car
The one that ran fine, nothing was wrong.

We reached, I pressed the calling bell,
She opened the door with a smile,
To let us in and into our room,
That was all shining and bright.

She tugged at my hand as I gave her the bags,
‘Lets go in sweetheart, shall we?’
We went in, the AC chilled us down
Cloth and bottle ready in place, she went back to the TV

Five o’clock its time for her milk
And my garma-garam cup of chai
Sitting by the window, she playing, I reading,
I ask her for a toast with my chai.

Tomorrow she goes to her new class,
Her new bags, books and uniform filling up the bed.
She wipes the floor, brings the sheet and cushion
Clearing up the kitchen for her bed.

My darling daughter, my princess,
“She looks so much like you”, they all said.
What? Who? The other girl you thought they were talking about? 
The same age as my daughter?
Oh, she is Laxmi, my eight-year-old maid."

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Free


That rain drop on my window
As I looked out the room today
That drop of bliss on my cheeks
While getting drenched on the way

That hope I embraced this morning
The happiness to be just me
To leave them all and live my life
To know what I want, to be free

To look you in the eye now
To take those hands in mine
To know I can still love you
To know we can still be fine

Heading out, coming in, going away
As l live my life and you live yours
To spare a moment, a few snatches
To open up a few shut doors

Sometimes I want to just leave it all
And go where no one would know the ‘me’
A new place, the beginning of a new day
And all those new things that I can be

Maybe you will call out to me then
Or maybe you would wander away
Maybe you would come and hold me back
Or maybe, just walk away

Moments are all we have today
It’s all that we know how to share
Your breath in mine, my arms in yours
The snatches in time we get to spare

As I get up and walk out the door
I will take a part of you in me
As you move on, as time goes by
Somewhere, our moment will still be

And when I look back at those memories
I know I will cherish, I will smile
As I set sail, as I set free
I know those moments will always be mine…..

But even when I set free
I know a part of me you will always be...

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Kolkata (Calcutta) The City of Joy

My first glimpse of the Howrah Bridge...

Just came back from a trip to the City of Joy....Well, if you're not from India, or if you haven't seen the movie by the same name, based on the book 'City of Joy' by Dominique Lapierre and starring Patrick Swayze and Om Puri, let me tell you that the City of Joy is our very own Kolkata, previously Calcutta, in India.
Crossing the Howrah Bridge

The beautiful wooden Kolkata buses with the Howrah Bridge as a backdrop.

On the Howrah Bridge.

A working day in the city of joy.

Early morning in Kolkata.

My association with Kolkata has been a long affair. Born to Bengali parents who are originally from Kolkata, I have been born and brought up outside of this city, with occasional trips for the regular 'weddings' and 'vacations' routine.
The lovely hand-drawn rickshaws of Kolkata...I personally do not support this at all, but believe these are a symbol of the essence of an old-style world that has been somewhere left in the past.

The yellow cabs in Kolkata...I call them the sunshine cabs.

Every time I visited the city, I would be engulfed in a deluge of relatives and festivities, and almost all memories I have of this city are about moving from one relative's house to another, and almost always tables piled with all kinds of mouth-watering delicacies, things that I did not value much as a kid, but do understand and long for now. I remember the numerous varieties of fish that were on display in various kinds of curries and pastes, fried crispy golden, or steamed with special marinades, or swimming in tangy spicy curries. There were always multiple kinds of vegetable dishes to choose from, not to mention varieties of daals (lentils) and other delectable fares that I had no idea of. And sweets! I have never been a fan of sweets, even as a kid, but I remember just HOW MANY different kinds of sweets would be procured for me as if by magic. If I refused one, there would be another, if I didn't want that, there would be another....there was no escaping!
Kolkata chowmein..Kolkata noodles...this lip-smacking preparation of noodles is something you will get only in Kolkata. And this was the only street food I managed to click..the others were gobbled up promptly.

Kolkata has art everywhere....the beautifully adorned walls of a metro station somewhere near Rabindra Sadan or South Avenue, sorry I am not sure...

 Amazing...I am always in awe of these latticed windows that are seen everywhere in Kolkata. Isn't it regal? I was told this was the building that was used in the 'past' shoot of the Bollywood movie 'Kal Aaj aur Kal' starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone.

A lovely blend of the old and the new in Kolkata.

One of the many temples in Kolkata.

Early morning Kolkata in black and white.

I am in love with these old Kolkata buildings.

Nostalgic Kolkata.


For many years, as I was growing up, I have seen Kolkata from the eyes of a girl who has always been an outsider, one who has never had a chance to feel the pulse of the city, to feel its soul and begin to fall in love with it.

 Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata.

Early morning at Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata.

Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata.

Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata.

Early morning football at Rabindra Sarani, Kolkata.

This time though, a lot of things did change.

 Standing under the tree shade after a long walk in Rabindra Sarani, Kolkata.


For starters, this was the first time I got to see Kolkata for what it truly stands for - a city of joy, a city that has held on to its roots, to its culture, a city that welcomed me with open arms, a city of people who have their own time standards, the KST (Kolkata Standard Time), but who will make many apologies once they do manage to reach, a city where I have seen some of the most soft-spoken and well-mannered people, where men are helpful towards females who are moving about alone in the city, where cab drivers will show off the city with pride if you are human enough to have a kind word with them, where each and every road and lane is adorned with stalls of food that are truly among the best street-foods in the world, where people are genuinely of a large heart. Of course you need to be prepared to face the scorching sun and the humid weather, the traffic (which is really not more than you would experience in Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore any given day), the crowds and the pollution. But then, there are so many amazing moments you get to feel here that all these are kind of can-be-done-away-with.

 The much-adorned Gariahat market, Kolkata. A street-shopper's paradise.

A residential building with the latticed windows that I love so much in Kolkata.

Kolkata Police...very helpful and polite.

Old-style building...Kolkata.

Southern Avenue, Kolkata. I loved the way this old man was busy in his work, oblivious to the world outside.

As days go by, I am falling more and more in love with this city...don't know why, but for a strange reason, my intuition tells me that this will be the city where I will finally lie down eternally in peace....maybe...lets see...
 
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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta